Tigers defeat Columbia and Community

Friday, August 17, 2012
Marshall County's Austin Blade sinks a short birdie putt on the first hole at Saddle Creek Golf Course on Tuesday. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Tuesday, the Marshall County Tigers ran their record to 5-2 on the links when they swept a three-team match against the Columbia Central Lions and the Community Vikings at Saddle Creek Golf Course in Lewisburg.

MCHS posted a team score of 172 after taking the four best rounds out of six players, while Columbia was six shots off the pace with a 178. Hindered by a uncharacteristically shaky round by State tournament hopeful Zack West, Community finished a distant third with a score of 189.

Junior Austin Blade recorded the second lowest score of the match and led the Tigers with a 41, while Brooks Leftwich and Miller Sale each carded a 43. Freshman Wilson Limbaugh played his best round of the season for Marshall County and finished with a 45.

Marshall County's Wilson Limbaugh chips onto the green on the fifth hole at Saddle Creek Golf Course on Tuesday.

"Usually our goal is to shoot 160 as a team, but today our goal was to have four people post lower scores than Zack West. We had three guys beat him and one tie him so I think that's a pretty good accomplishment because he might be the best player in the District this year," said MCHS coach Brent Johns. "Wilson Limbaugh really came through for us and helped us win the match. We needed a fourth guy to turn in a solid score and he did that for us today."

Columbia freshman Jackson Calvin registered the lowest score of the day and paced the Lions with a 38. Noah Butler followed Calvin with a 42, while Troy Stewart and Jacob Bushey both shot 49.

West led Community with a 45 and Jake Garrett tallied a 46. Dillon West notched a 48 for the Vikings as well, while Luke Primm recorded a 50.

After facing county rivals Cornersville and Forrest this Thursday at the Lewisburg Recreation Center, Marshall County will take on Eagleville and Cascade next Tuesday at Saddle Creek Golf Course.